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Why Building Women's Jails in Every County is a Bad Idea
women_rights.gifPrisoner panel recommendations are socially, fiscally irresponsible. Community Coalition opposes new jails; demands housing, healthcare and human rights

On International Women's Day, Wednesday March 8th, in the House Members Lounge, 10:30AM. To counter the panel's anti-woman, anti-human rights assumptions, members and allies of the Statewide Harm Reduction Coalition (SHaRC) were on hand to distribute copies of its recently released paper “Why Women Are Not Best Served By Incarceration” (www.stopchicopeejail.org). The Female Offender Review Panel, Governors Commission on Corrections Reform (GCCR) presented to the public it's findings and offered it's recommendations for women trapped by poverty, racism and the criminal justice system.
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08 Mar 2006 | Filed under: Announcement / Human Rights
Peoples Victory in Picariello Case!
20050728-Free-Speech-Radio.jpgPeoples Victory in Picariello Case!

After two years of courtroom battle, a very significant peoples' victory was won in court today in the case against longtime anti-war activist Richard Picariello. Picariello was acquitted on all charges in the first of the two cases. And the defense motion was granted to dismiss the second case arising out of a protest at a 2004 Bush fundraiser in Boston because of prosecution failure to provide required discovery information.
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07 Mar 2006 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : Media : Organizing : Politics : Social Welfare
South Dakota's Abortion Ban: A Discussion by Reproductive Freedom Activist Marlene Gerber Fried
south-dakota.pngOn February 24th, the state of South Dakota passed a ban on nearly all abortions. The ban, which is expected to take effect this July, will shut down the state's one abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, forcing many pregnant females to travel long distances or perhaps seek underground providers. The ban is expected to challenge Roe versus Wade, the 33-year-old legislation that legalized abortion in the U.S.

As co-founder of the National Network of Abortion Funds and organizer of Hampshire College's annual reproductive justice conference, Marlene Gerber Fried has a long history within the reproductive justice movement. On Tuesday, February 28th, she spoke near Boston about the meaning of South Dakota's abortion ban. This is an audio recording of her lecture.

[For the whole story, please listen to the posted .mp3 audio file]
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05 Mar 2006 | Filed under: News / Gender : Human Rights : Organizing : Politics : Social Welfare
Tortured Prisoner Fights Back: Abu Ghraib, RI, USA
jail.jpgProvidence, RI--Prison officials in Rhode Island are worried. Their crimes are being exposed.

Michael Walsh, a 30 year-old construction laborer from East Providence, RI, is being held in Minimum Security at the Adult Correctional Institution (ACI) of Rhode Island. On February 18, Valentines Day, he says that prison guards preformed an anal cavity search on him. They accused him of smuggling contraband, and in a depraved act reminiscent of the crimes of Abu Ghraib, forced Walsh to eat his own feces. Walsh says they then denied him the use of the sink and a toothbrush all day. Walsh also says that ACI officers beat him on the face with a telephone book.
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02 Mar 2006 | Filed under: News / Human Rights
The 'Ugly Face of American Racism'
DSC_4456.0.jpgThe following interview of Professor Tony Van Der Meer was conducted by Bryan G. Pfeifer over the course of December 2005 and January 2006.

In April 2003 Mr. Tony Van Der Meer, a Black adjunct professor of Africana studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston was assaulted and arrested by campus police after challenging an Army National Guard recruiter who threatened a student distributing leaflets for an anti-war commemoration honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.. Van Der Meer objected to the recruiter’s remark that the student should be shot like Dr. King.

[Photo by Lolita Parker, Jr.]
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21 Feb 2006 | Filed under: Interview / Human Rights
BU Theology Students Confront Biolab Construction
cause5.jpgLast Wednesday, February 15th, students from the BU School of Theology tied themselves to a civil rights memorial on campus in protest of the construction of the proposed BioSafety Level 4 laboratory that would test deady diseases on animals and put nearby residents at risk. Calling the lab an act of environmental racism, some students flyered and spoke to crowds passing by.

[Listen to the posted .mp3 radio piece for the whole story.]
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21 Feb 2006 | Filed under: News / Environment : Human Rights : Organizing : Social Welfare
Danny Glover, Sen. John Edwards Rally with Hotel Activists for Workers' Rights
dannyglover.jpgBoston area hotel workers came out strong at the Ritz Carlton Hotel to hear Senator John Edwards, actor/activist Danny Glover and other union leaders speak on workers’ rights last Saturday. The speakers were part of the “Hotel Workers Rising,” one of several nation-wide events to support increased benefits for hotel workers, part of the nation’s fastest growing labor industry.

Photography by Alexis Winter
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21 Feb 2006 | Filed under: News / Globalization : Human Rights : Labor : Organizing : Politics
Anti-Biolab Protesters Visit BU President Brown’s Home for a Second Time
browndemo2.jpgRoughly 30 concerned citizens chanted slogans and wielded signs and banners in front of BU President Robert Brown’s house late Monday night, for the second time in one week, to protest BU’s proposed Biolab in the Roxbury / South End area which could break ground as early as this month. Activism against the Biolab, which will likely be performing illegal research on deadly pathogens such as tularemia and Ebola, has been on the rise since it recently gained Federal approval to be built against the community’s wishes.
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14 Feb 2006 | Filed under: News / Environment : Globalization : Human Rights : Politics : Race : Social Welfare
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